Smoke Alarms Credited In OC Residential Fire

OCEAN CITY — A smoke alarm is being credited for allowing residents of a home in the Little Salisbury community to escape unharmed from a house fire early Monday morning.

Just before 5 a.m. on Monday, the Ocean City Fire Department was dispatched to a reported structure fire at a home on Caribbean Drive. Upon arrival, first-responders found a single-family home with fire showing at the rear of the structure. Crews quickly advanced hose lines and extinguished the blaze.

All of occupants of the home were alerted to the fire by a smoke alarm and escaped safely. A family cat was treated by paramedics with oxygen on the scene and is expected to make a full recovery.

“This early morning fire highlights the importance of having working smoke alarms,” said Ocean City Fire Chief Richie Bowers. “Installing your smoke alarms correctly and making sure they are in working order is an important step to making your home and family safer as demonstrated this morning. A smoke alarm will save your life.”

The Office of the Fire Marshal has classified the cause of the fire was accidental. Anyone who does not have working smoke alarms in their homes are urged to contact Ocean City Fire Department headquarters at (410) 289-4346.

About The Author: Shawn Soper

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Shawn Soper has been with The Dispatch since 2000. He began as a staff writer covering various local government beats and general stories. His current positions include managing editor and sports editor. Growing up in Baltimore before moving to Ocean City full time three decades ago, Soper graduated from Loch Raven High School in 1981 and from Towson University in 1985 with degrees in mass communications with a journalism concentration and history.